Archive for January 21, 2013
The V-Bots of Venetian Hills Elementary recently received a sponsorship check in the amount of $1500 from their newest partners, PepsiCo, to fund robotics program development. The funds were provided in response to a grant designed to increase STEM initiatives at the school.
The purpose of the Robotics Club is to:
• INSPIRE students to participate in science and technology.
• ENGAGE students in playful and meaningful learning.
• PROVIDE a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience.
• CHALLENGE students to solve real-world problems using robotics.
• TEACH children to experiment and overcome obstacles.
• BUILD self-esteem and confidence.
Last month, the Venetian Hills Robotics Team competed in its first Robotics Competition, and Pepsi Company representatives were on hand to help cheer the team on. The Venetian V-bots competed in four robotics matches, presented a project that would solve a problem senior citizens face, and were interviewed about the core values that guided their team effort. The team earned points for each match.
According to fifth grade V-bots, Cameron Fortson and Mohamed Diallo, the team was unsure as to how well their robot, Victor, would perform. To their surprise, the robot completed some of the missions, including grabbing the broken chair from under the table and bringing it back to the base.
“We worked hard and were very close to programming our robot to do all the missions,” they explained. “This was a fantastic experience because we had an opportunity to talk to other participants from other parts of the Atlanta area. We thank our partners, PepsiCo, for sponsoring us and helping us have a very wonderful experience at the competition.”
HMSHost has helped to develop a garden project, complete with a fruit and vegetable garden, on the school grounds of Cascade Elementary. Celebrity Chef Marvin Woods, together with APS students and HMSHost Atlanta-area employees, prepared the soil and planted tomatoes,strawberries, beans, lettuce and a selection of other fruit trees throughout the garden.
Teachers Kenya Greer and Courtney Spraggins are in charge of Cascade Elementary’s garden project, and they are excited about the opportunity for students to continue to learn that growing food is an exciting and rewarding experience.
“We love sharing our passion for gardening with our students, and are thrilled to have Chef Marvin’s and HMSHost’s support,” they explained. “We realize the importance of including the community and other stakeholders in helping our children learn. They are more enthusiastic about learning the standards through a hands-on approach.”
The goal of the partnership between HMSHost, Chefs Move to Schools, Chef Marvin and APS is to support local student education and involvement in their own healthy eating habits. Chef Marvin was one of the first chefs invited to work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” cooking series, where he showed families how to prepare one week’s worth of healthy meals for under $80.
The garden’s growing season culminates in June with a harvesting “Field Day” for the students, followed by interactive cooking classes taught by Chef Woods using the fresh ingredients harvested from the school’s new garden.